Five time world champion Lin Dan of China was sent crashing out of the Malaysia Open Superseries quarterfinals by European Champion Jan Ø. Jørgensen (pictured)
in a two-game match on Friday. The Dane won 21-17, 21-4 after only 32 minutes of play – and after showing impressive badminton.
Lin Dan, seeded fourth at the 550.000 Dollars event, kept up the pace with his younger opponent throughout the first game, but was completely off-colour in the second.
“I performed at a very high level today and I didn’t let Lin Dan into the game. Maybe Lin Dan gave up in the second game. But when you’re trailing so far behind, it’s usually very tough to come back“, says the Dane speaking to Malaysia newspaper „TheStar“.
“It feels good to get another win over a legend like Lin Dan. I am looking forward to facing Chong Wei in the semi-finals.”
Jørgensen will play former world number one Lee Chong Wei next. The Malaysian beat European hopeful Viktor Axelsen in straight games 21-13, 21-14.
Chong Wei won 14 out of the 15 meetings with Jørgensen.
Conrad & Kolding move into semis with victory over Ahsan/Setiawan
Denmark's Mads Kolding and Mads Conrad ramped their game up another level in an efficient 21-8, 17-21, 21-17 win over second seeds Ahsan/Setiawan from Indonesia and advance to their first Superseries semi-final of 2016.
„We are so happy to be in the semifinals tomorrow here at Malaysia Open 2016. We have played really well yesterday against Ivanov and Sozonov, and luckily we were able to follow it up today with a win against the World Champions Ahsan/ Setiawan“, the Danish duo wrote on Facebook.
„We always play good matches against each other and today we were just that inch better and it gave us the victory. Fantastic feeling. Now we will be facing Hong Wei/ Biao Chai in the semifinal. We have lost a few times before against them, but we have also won before, so we believe we have a chance.“
Fischer/Pedersen into semis – Adcocks out
Their compatriots Joachim Fischer and Christinna Pedersen also made it to the last four after beating Ko Sung Hyun and Kim Ha Na in three games.
Ouseph, England's number one, was first on court at Shah Alam and had high hopes of reaching his first Superseries Premier men's singles semi-finals.
But he came up against in-form Indonesian shuttler Jonatan Christie and was beaten 21-19, 21-19 in 41 minutes. Ouseph held early leads in both games - at 9-3 and 5-2 respectively - but Christie twice came back in the battle of the non-seeds to set up a last four clash with Chen Long, China's world champion.
Meanwhile, Chris and Gabby Adcock were ousted 21-17, 21-14 by Indonesian rivals Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir, the number two seeds and former world champions (2013). The Adcocks had won their last two encounters, last month's YONEX All England and the Superseries Finals. But Ahmad and Natsir carved out sizeable mid-game leads here to advance to Saturday's semi-finals.
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Article by Manuel Rösler. Photo (LIVE) by BadmintonPhoto.